Action Alert


Fair trade or free trade? Let your voice be heard on Minnesota’s future!


The Obama Administration is negotiating two new mega trade deals (one with Pacific Rim countries, another with Europe) entirely in secret, with the goal of further expanding the NAFTA-model of free trade. These trade agreements could have major impacts on Minnesota's farmers, workers, small business owners and rural communities. They could limit Minnesota’s ability to support local food and energy systems and grow local businesses. In order to stay up to speed, Minnesota has set up a new Trade Policy Advisory Council (TPAC) to advise the state legislature and Governor.


TPAC wants to hear from Minnesotans: What concerns do you have about free trade? What role could TPAC play in the future? Now is your opportunity to have a say in our future trade policy. Complete the survey and let them know future trade negotiations should be public, not secret. Help ensure the voices of all Minnesotans are heard in the development of trade agreements and that they protect local control and our quality of life. The free trade model has failed for Minnesota and we need a new approach to trade. Help ensure the voices of all Minnesotans are heard before trade agreements are completed, and that they protect local control, our natural resources and our quality of life.


Please take five minutes and complete the survey. To find out more about these trade agreements, go to iatp.org/tradesecrets.

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Radio Sustain September 28, 2012

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Radio Sustain August 01, 2012

August 1, 2012: LaDonna Redmond, community activist and IATP staffer, talks food justice and IATP’s upcoming national conference Food + Justice = Democracy.

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Radio Sustain: June 29, 2012

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Radio Sustain: December 6, 2011

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Radio Sustain: June 1, 2011

In this edition of Radio Sustain we talk to Mindi Schneider about her latest report examining the industrial transformation of the massive pork industry in China, and Steve Suppan about the use of nanotechnology, its increasing prevalence in products and food, and why its huge potential may be causing "regulatory paralysis" in the U.S. and abroad.

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Radio Sustain: March 14, 2011

March Radio Sustain discusses food justice with LaDonna Redmond; food security with Kathy Mulvey of the Community Food Security Coaltion; and what we can learn from China about managing food supplies with IATP President Jim Harkness.

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Radio Sustain: February 08, 2011

Justice from farm to fork: A former Chipotle employee explains why the burrito chain is under fire for mistreatment of workers. Danny Schwartzman, owner of Common Roots Café in Minneapolis, describes how the restaurant makes sourcing local, fair trade and organic look easy. Finally, IATP's Karen Hansen-Kuhn discusses why the U.S.'s trade and development agendas are at odds when it comes to food security.

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